Katherine M. Keefe - McHenry County Circuit Clerk, 22nd Judicial Circuit

Traffic School Information

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All Traffic Safety School classes are held at McHenry County College Shah Center:

4100 West Shamrock Lane
McHenry, IL 60050

Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, Closed weekends and Court holidays.
Phone: (815) 479-7777
Fax: (815) 578-9331
Email: MCCTSS@mchenry.edu

Registration Fees: When you receive a ticket in McHenry County all registration fees are collected by the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s office. Class registration for tickets received outside of McHenry County and/or rescheduling fees are collected by McHenry County College and can be paid by calling Traffic Safety School at (815) 479-7777.

Class
In County Fee
(ticket received in McHenry County)
Out of County Fee
(ticket received outside McHenry County)
Defensive Driving Class-4 $43.00 $48.00
Defensive Driving Class-4 - Online $58.00
$63.00
Alive @25 $43.00
$48.00
Defensive Driving Class-8 $90.00
$98.00

Why: TSS offers a positive classroom experience for those charged with minor traffic violations. It has been proven to improve traffic skills, decrease the possibility of future traffic violations and the possibility of serious collisions.

Where: McHenry County College Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 60050
When: 8:00 am to Noon, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. The Defensive Driving Class-8 (DDC-8) is held only on Saturdays, 8:00 am -5:00 pm.

What do I do if I get a moving violation ticket in McHenry County?
If you receive a moving violation ticket in McHenry County and have not enrolled in Traffic Safety School (TSS) in the last 12 months, there are 4 options if your ticket is marked "no court appearance required.

1. Plead Guilty - Conviction is reported to the Secretary of State - do not appear in court

  • Pay your fine BEFORE the court date listed on your ticket. 
  • Nothing else is required.

2. Plead Guilty - Receive Court Supervision, register and attend Traffic School to avoid a conviction on your driving record - do not appear in court **State law effective January 1, 2008 requires drivers under the age of 18 to appear in court with a parent or guardian to receive court supervision. Drivers under the age of 18 are not eligible for court supervision through the mail.**

  • Pay your fine and the Traffic School fee before the court date listed on your ticket
  • Your Traffic School class date and time, or your online login instructions will be mailed to you
  • Attend Traffic School on your assigned class date and time or complete the course online 
  • Your attendance/completion is reported back to the Court by Traffic School two weeks prior to your court supervision date

3. Plead Not Guilty and request a bench trial or a jury trail - Appear in Court on your assigned court date or Mail in a Not Guilty Plea before the court date listed on your ticket (Do not appear on assigned date - New date will be mailed).

4. Plead Guilty in Court – Ask the Court for supervision with or without school. If you have enrolled in Traffic Safety School in the last 12 months and want to attend Traffic Safety School then you must appear before the judge and request Traffic Safety School to avoid a conviction.

If you have enrolled in Traffic Safety School in the last 12 months and want to attend Traffic Safety School then you must appear before the judge and request Traffic School to avoid a conviction.

What if I had a moving violation and don't know if it is past 12 months since I last enrolled in traffic safety school?
Please call Traffic Safety School at (815) 479-7777 and check. The 12-month period starts from the sentencing date and not the date you attended school.

Court Supervision

  • Court supervision is approximately 120 days from the date you plead guilty unless otherwise specified by the Court
  • If there are no other moving violations within the dates of court supervision and you attend Traffic School or complete online Traffic School, your ticket will not be reported as a conviction.
  • If you do get a moving violation before your court supervision is over, the judge may revoke your supervision which could result in a conviction on your driving record
  • If you are not eligible or you fail to complete the Traffic School course successfully, a conviction will be reported to the Secretary of State and your fee will not be refunded.
  • The goal of Traffic Safety School is to train drivers in collision prevention techniques while promoting the attitude of mutual understanding, courtesy and cooperation on the road.
  • If you have a ticket, one method for reducing the negative impact on your license and insurance rates is to take Traffic School.
  • No other driver improvement course has a higher rate of success in reducing the severity and frequency of collisions for its graduates.
  • No other course is so widely used by courts, municipalities, schools, business and industry, government, and general public driver improvement.

McHenry County College Traffic Safety School offers the following courses:

DDC-4 

The National Safety Council© four-hour program presents defensive driving techniques in an interactive format. The course content emphasizes the dangers of speed, illustrates the DDC Collision Prevention Formula, proper following distance, and explains the effects of alcohol and drugs. The DDC-4 program includes every concept. New safe-driving issues addressed include airbags, anti-lock brakes, safety belt and child restraints. Complex concepts are made interesting and easy to understand.

This course is designed for first time offenders or those with minor traffic violations. Corporate and government agencies may use this course to improve driving habits of employees and increase productivity. Anyone who wants to be a more effective driver is also welcome.

  • Classes are offered from 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 
  • Classes are also offered from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Alive at 25 

This National Safety Council© program is designed to reduce the number of injuries and collisions incurred by those drivers most at risk, the 16-24 age group. Built on interactive learning activities, facilitators guide participants to form their own conclusions about the consequences of risky driving behavior. It challenges them to take responsibility for their behavior while driving, and to become safer drivers. The program includes a review of statistics and discussion as to why this age group is at risk, review of defensive driving principles, techniques to maintain control and manage peer pressure. In addition, the program reviews state and local driving regulations including Graduated Driver Licenses.

  • Classes are offered from 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes are also offered from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

DDC-8 

The National Safety Council© eight-hour course covers defensive driving techniques, driver attitude, the effects of alcohol/drugs on driving, the DDC Collision Prevention Formula, head-on collisions, collision avoidance techniques, following distance, the conditions of driving and more. More emphasis is placed on rules of the road and driver skills.

The course is designed for those who have already completed the four-hour program, and/or persons with multiple traffic violations. Corporate and government agencies and individuals are welcome to attend.

  • Classes are offered from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays.

All classes are not offered every week.  Placement in classes is based on availability. Traffic Safety School reserves the right to place you into a different time and day on an as needed basis. For more information on traffic tickets go to the McHenry County Circuit Clerk's Office website.

You may take classes with us for violations received in other counties for an administration fee.

Mail Out of County Registration form to:

McHenry County College Shah Center
Traffic Safety School
4100 West Shamrock Lane
McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 479-7777

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